Mushroom of the Week - an artist's palette

Artist’s Conk, Gandoderma applanatum

Superficially, the Artist’s Conk looks much like last week’s featured bracket fungus species: the Red-belted Conk, Fomitopsis pinicola.  The Artist’s Conk is perhaps only second in abundance to the Red-belt Conk, and has a similar grey, brown to black upper cap surface.

Mushroom of the Week - 'Conked' out

Red-Belted Conk, Fomitopsis (Fomes) pinicola

When the weather turns cold, wet, and even snowy, there is one group of fungi that can always still be found attached to branches and trunks in our Northwest woods.  These are the Polypores—so named for the multitude of tiny pores that release spores from their generally smooth appearing under surfaces.

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